Pope: Euthanasia a 'False Solution' to Suffering

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict says euthanasia is a "false
solution" to suffering, adding his voice to a debate in Italy over
the fate of a comatose woman whose father wants to remove her
feeding tube.

During his Sunday blessing, Benedict said love can help confront pain and that "no tear, from those who suffer and those who are with them, is lost before God."

In 2007, the Vatican condemned American Terri Schiavo's death as "arbitrarily hastened" and called the removal of her feeding tube a violation of the principles of Christianity and civilization.

She died in 2005 in a Florida hospice after her parents unsuccessfully battled a court order to have her feeding tube removed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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